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Another woman sues NBC's Bill Cosby for sexual abuse

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A woman who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued comedian actor NBCUniversal and other companies on Friday in New York, where five other women filed a similar lawsuit earlier this month.

Stacey Pinkerton says she was a 21-year-old flight attendant and model that year when she claims Cosby drugged her at an Illinois restaurant and took her back to a hotel room in Chicago. The lawsuit alleges that Cosby “had forced sexual intercourse” with her while she was incapacitated by drugs.

The lawsuit comes more than a year after Cosby left prison after his 2018 sexual assault conviction in Pennsylvania was overturned. Earlier this year, a Los Angeles jury awarded $500,000 to a woman who said Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion when she was a teenager in 1975.

Pinkerton says the alleged assault occurred after she met Cosby in New York and he promised to help her with her career. She says she had a role in an episode of “The Cosby Show” on NBC but didn’t appear in the final cut.

Months after the alleged assault, Pinkerton said Cosby invited her to his concert at a Chicago theater, where she claims he kissed and touched her hard.

“Cosby engaged in the same or similar pattern of conduct as his victims,” ​​says Pinkerton’s lawsuit, “including expressing an interest in advancing their careers by giving them roles on The Cosby Show, using The Cosby Show and its filming as a means of accessing, isolating, sexually harassing and sexually assaulting women, using drugs to incapacitate their victims and forcibly engaging in sexual acts with them without their consent”.

The suit alleges that NBC, Kaufman Astoria Studios and Carsey-Werner Television should have known Cosby was a danger to women and failed to protect Pinkerton from him.

FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  A woman who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued the comedian actor, NBCUniversal and other companies in New York on Friday.
FILE – Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A woman who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued the comedian actor, NBCUniversal and other companies in New York on Friday.

AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Archive

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said late on Friday that Cosby “continues to vehemently deny all allegations made against him and looks forward to defending himself in court.”

“As we’ve always stated, and now America can see, this is not about justice for victims of alleged sexual assault, it’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY,” Wyatt wrote in an email to the Associated Press. “We believe that the courts, as well as the court of public opinion, will follow the rule of law and hold Mr. Cosby of these alleged allegations.”

Representatives for NBCUniversal, Kaufman Astoria Studios and Carsey-Werner Television did not immediately respond to requests for comment late on Friday. All three companies were involved in the production of “The Cosby Show,” Pinkerton’s lawsuit said.

Pinkerton’s and the five other women’s lawsuits were filed under New York’s one-year window for adults to file sexual abuse claims for claims that were outside the statute of limitations to prosecute.

Cosby served nearly three years in prison before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction, finding that he gave incriminating testimony in a deposition about the encounter only after he believed he was immune from prosecution. The trial judge and an intermediate appeals court found no evidence of such immunity.

Seven other accusers received a settlement from Cosby’s insurers following Pennsylvania’s conviction in a defamation suit they had filed in Massachusetts. The lawsuit said Cosby and his agents belittled them by denying their allegations of abuse.

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